iBooks(2.0) textbooks for ipad – there is nothing textbooks about them

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A Multi-Touch textbook on iPad is a gorgeous, full-screen experience full of interactive diagrams, photos, and videos. No longer limited to static pictures to illustrate the text, now students can dive into an image with interactive captions, rotate a 3D object, or have the answer spring to life in a chapter review. They can flip through a book by simply sliding a finger along the bottom of the screen. Highlighting text, taking notes, searching for content, and finding definitions in the glossary are just as easy. And with all their books on a single iPad, students will have no problem carrying them wherever they go.

Apple today announced iBooks 2 for iPad, featuring iBooks textbooks, an entirely new kind of textbook that’s dynamic, engaging and truly interactive. iBooks textbooks offer iPad users gorgeous, fullscreen textbooks with interactive animations, diagrams, photos, videos, unrivaled navigation and much more. iBooks textbooks can be kept up to date, don’t weigh down a backpack and never have to be returned. Leading education services companies including Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, McGraw-Hill and Pearson will deliver educational titles on the iBookstore℠ with most priced at $14.99 or less, and with the new iBooks Author, a free authoring tool available today, anyone with a Mac® can create stunning iBooks textbooks.

“Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”

“Education is deep in Apple’s DNA and iPad may be our most exciting education product yet. With 1.5 million iPads already in use in education institutions, including over 1,000 one-to-one deployments, iPad is rapidly being adopted by schools across the US and around the world,” said Philip Schiller, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “Now with iBooks 2 for iPad, students have a more dynamic, engaging and truly interactive way to read and learn, using the device they already love.”

The new iBooks 2 app is available today as a free download from the App Store™. With support for great new features including gorgeous, fullscreen books, interactive 3D objects, diagrams, videos and photos, the iBooks 2 app will let students learn about the solar system or the physics of a skyscraper with amazing new interactive textbooks that come to life with just a tap or swipe of the finger. With its fast, fluid navigation, easy highlighting and note-taking, searching and definitions, plus lesson reviews and study cards, the new iBooks 2 app lets students study and learn in more efficient and effective ways than ever before.

iBooks Author is also available today as a free download from the Mac App Store and lets anyone with a Mac create stunning iBooks textbooks, cookbooks, history books, picture books and more, and publish them to Apple’s iBookstore. Authors and publishers of any size can start creating with Apple-designed templates that feature a wide variety of page layouts. iBooks Author lets you add your own text and images by simply dragging and dropping, and with the Multi-Touch™ widgets you can easily add interactive photo galleries, movies, Keynote® presentations and 3D objects.

Apple today also announced an all-new iTunes® U app giving educators and students everything they need on their iPad, iPhone® and iPod touch® to teach and take entire courses. With the new iTunes U app, students using iPads have access to the world’s largest catalog of free educational content, along with over 20,000 education apps at their fingertips and hundreds of thousands of books in the iBookstore that can be used in their school curriculum, such as novels for English or Social Studies.* The iTunes U app is available today as a free download from the App Store.


Source : macstories.net



App Review – Good Reader – Download, Edit and Email all types of document formats including PDFs

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GoodReader® is the super-robust PDF reader for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch. Its iPad version was the #1 selling non-Apple app for iPad in 2010 in USA! Mashable describes it as “a Swiss Army knife of awesome!” Reviews worldwide hail it as “essential,” “the best,” “magnificent” and “the killer app”. With GoodReader on your iPad/iPhone, you can read virtually anything, anywhere: books, movies, maps, pictures. Use it once and you’ll be hooked. If you work with documents, soon you’ll be wondering how you ever managed to use your iPad or iPhone without GoodReader.

GoodReader has earned its accolades by the way it handles huge PDF and TXT files, manuals, large books, magazines, and renderings of 100 mb and more with great speed. The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file

Besides reading, you can also sync your files with remote servers:

  • sync with iDisk, Dropbox, SugarSync and any WebDAV, AFP, FTP or SFTP server
  • sync entire folders or individual files separately

GoodReader not only supports massive PDF and TXT files, but also handles the most popular file types:

  • MS Office – .doc, .ppt., .xls
  • iWork ’08/’09
  • HTML and Safari webarchives
  • High resolution images
  • Even audio and video!
ANNOTATE! Annotation is a feature long sought after by users who want to add their own mark-ups to PDFs, especially those collaborating as a team on shared documents. The types of annotations that can be created and edited in GoodReader include typewriter text boxes, popup comments (“sticky notes”), text highlights, freehand drawings, lines, arrows, rectangles, ovals, cloudy shapes, text underlines, strikeouts, text insertion marks.
MANAGE FILES! GoodReader lets you create folders, move, copy and rename your files; zip, email and unzip them; plus send your files to other apps.
TRANSFER FILES! Within moments of downloading GoodReader, you’ll be transferring files in a number of ways: directly from your computer over a USB cable or WiFi connection, from the Internet or from email attachments. It also easily integrates with iDisk, Google Docs, Dropbox, SugarSync, box.net and other WebDAV, AFP, FTP and SFTP servers.
SYNC YOUR FILES AND FOLDERS! The amazing Auto Sync feature will work with MobileMe iDisk, Dropbox, SugarSync, box.net, and any other WebDAV, AFP, FTP or SFTP server
PDF HYPERLINKS! The PDF hyperlink feature allows you to quickly jump back and forth within the document. Tapping a link quickly whisks you across a huge PDF book in an instant, and the “Go Back” button will take you back to the page you came from.
MORE VIEWING AREA! With no bars or buttons blocking the text, you’ll experience true full-screen reading. Do your document’s pictures split in halves across two pages? That’s not a problem with GoodReader for iPad – one of the only apps to offer a special double-page mode for viewing the entire spread! And if large page margins are annoying, get rid of them with GoodReader’s special PDF crop tool!
ZOOM! You can even use the 50x zoom, giving you a better view without distorting the image. Perfect for PDF maps and drawings.
TEXT SEARCH! If you know what you’re looking for, the Text Search feature helps you find your way to the exact info you want in any PDF or TXT file.
TONS OF OTHER FEATURES! We keep surprising our existing users with new features by constantly releasing free updates. We don’t just do small fixes, we actually improve the app all the time!

Source : Goodiware.com

Jawbone bracelet – will keep track of your nutrition, eating and sleeping habits

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Not content with merely making some of the best Bluetooth headsets and wireless speakers in the business, Jawbone expanded their product line this year with the Jawbone UP. A small, light bracelet, you wear it around your wrist and along with an iPhone companion app, it keeps track of how you’re sleeping, how much exercise you’re doing, and what you’re eating

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Online desktop app to bring windows 7 to iPad

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OnLive, bet­ter known for its online gam­ing ser­vice has just announced that it will be launch­ing a cloud based Win­dows 7 expe­ri­ence for iPad users. The OnLive Desk­top app will give users access to a Win­dows desk­top expe­ri­ence with­out the need for any VNC or remote desk­top con­nec­tions. It is all stored in the cloud and acces­si­ble from your iPad or a desk­top machine.

OnLive has just re-imagined what’s pos­si­ble on iPad with the OnLive Desk­top app, avail­able Thurs­day in the iTunes App Store. Launch­ing a brand-new chap­ter for OnLive (and every­one), OnLive Desk­top gives users instant access to a seam­less Win­dows desk­top expe­ri­ence, with full-featured Microsoft Office appli­ca­tions and 2 GB of free cloud stor­age for secure file access any­where. Need to edit a Word doc with red­lines and com­ments? No prob­lem. Need to give some oomph to that Pow­er­Point deck for your meet­ing? Go for it: present ani­ma­tions and slide tran­si­tions, edit dia­grams and embed videos. Des­per­ate for a pivot table in Excel? Pivot away … Any­thing you can do on your office desk­top, you will be able to do on your iPad—at home, in your hotel, any­where.
This is a real­ly great idea for Win­dows users and offers some much need­ed func­tion­al­i­ty, espe­cial­ly for heavy Microsoft Office users. The app will be avail­able for the iPad in the US start­ing on Thurs­day Jan­u­ary 12th. The roll­out will con­tin­ue for the iPhone, PC and Mac soon after­wards. The Online Desk­top app will be free and include 2GB of cloud stor­age.
OnLive also plan on offer­ing some more advanced ver­sions of the app too. OnLive Desk­top Pro will offer up to 50GB of stor­age, pri­or­i­ty access to apps, full-featured cloud-accelerated brows­ing and addi­tion­al PC appli­ca­tions for a sub­scrip­tion of $9.99 a month. OnLive Enter­prise will allow com­plete cus­tomiza­tion for busi­ness and orga­ni­za­tions and OnLive col­lab­o­ra­tive ser­vices will offer thou­sands of users to simul­ta­ne­ous­ly view, con­trol and dis­cuss a shared desk­top via voice chat.

iTunes Match explained

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Still Confused About iTunes Match? Apple Explains It In Detail BY Jamie Young on Fri December 30th, 2011 icloud itunes itunes match itunes store Music Still Confused About iTunes Match? Apple Explains It In Detail Although Apple’s music matching service has already launched for most regions, most people don’t fully understand how it works. Because of the outcry of users who don’t understand it, Apple has recently added an iTunes Match how-to section to their site. This section lays out exactly how to set iTunes Match up and also includes a FAQ to help answer your questions about the music service. Screen Shot 2011-12-30 at 11.01.04 AM Getting Started with iTunes Match If you need extra help understanding the service, Apple also released a video walkthrough. The video shows you exactly how to set up iTunes Match and then how to access your music on all devices once you’ve done so.

Article courtesy – App Advice